Some of my favorite Biblical things that we use in our house are made especially for teen girls or young women. We recently received Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women from Zondervan.
I would definitely suggest this for teens and older. And really, I am thoroughly enjoying reading it myself!
I have skimmed through a lot of the book to see the content included and there is so much covered. Many different women are mentioned, which, if you are just reading the Bible from beginning to end, you may not realize how many women are mentioned in it. I like that this points out different women throughout the Bible. 60 of them in fact!
The book itself is small in size, but is pretty thick. It is hard cover, so very sturdy. There is a devotion on each page.
One of the things I appreciate about the way it is set up is that it starts with Day 1. So, you can jump right in and not worry about skipping a day and trying to catch up.
Since there are 365 days, you will still cover a year, but it isn’t necessary to feel stressed if you aren’t able to do each day in the year. You may want to wait and start on January 1st, but isn’t nice that you don’t have to.
Each page lists the day number at the top, then the Bible verse, and then a commentary about the Bible verse. There is also some lines at the bottom that you can use for journaling or making notes, which is super nice! Although for people like me that write with large letters, it’s not a ton of room, but I can see writing words that stuck out to me.
What we did was start drawing something from the days reading. Day 3 for example was Proverbs 31:10. “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” I think that will also help with understanding the verse, commentary, and the story that it is written along with.
Every day may not have something as easy to draw as a ruby, but it may be an emotion or just a word. We do a lot of art each day and it just ties in with our homeschool, so it just is something we look forward to doing.
The devotions start out pretty mild, but they get more involved the further along the book you go. I wanted to check it out first before Lauren started to read it.
It definitely covers some things that us moms have felt or different relationships and situations we have been in. Friendships, husbands, children… It also goes into trials that you may be going through. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, which is what a good devotional should be, in my opinion!
Since it does cover so many things, I can see reading this book more than once. Keeping it for years and even if you don’t read one every day, there will be something that will be relevant for you every time you read.
The book itself is pink with flowers, but it isn’t too girly, if you know what I mean. It is beautiful, in my opinion. It’s a glossy cover and the flowers and the beloved word are metallic. It would be a wonderful gift if you were looking for something like this!
I am looking forward to reading this and I know Lauren is too. It has a ribbon page marker so that we can keep track of the page we are on, which is nice.
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Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women